Today’s game will see us up against Sam Allardyce who was manager at Newcastle for a short 8 months, before he was sacked at Newcastle last January.
Sam Allardyce – while Newcastle manager
Many Newcastle fans thought that in May of 2007, when Sam was appointed manager on Tyneside, that he was just the manager to bring out the best of an under-performing squad, but within weeks of him signing on at the club, Mike Ashley had bought the club, and Freddy Shepherd was out as Chairman.
Ashley and the new Chairman, Chris Mort, however, decided, at least initially, to keep Sam on board.
We didn’t do too bad under Sam with 26 points by the turn of the year and in 11th place in the league, better than we have done this season, but that wasn’t good enough for Chris Mort and Mike, and the rest is history.
But Nicky Butt seems to have got on well with Big Sam:
“I personally got on well with him,” He came here with his methods and all of his staff. They tried to change everything and to do that takes time.”
“Unfortunately for Sam he didn’t get that. That happened because there was massive change in the set-up at the club.”
“New owners came in and they have the right to choose any manager they want because they have spent so much money.”
“They obviously didn’t feel Sam was their man, which was unfortunate for him.”
“I think he can repair his reputation at Blackburn. Anyone can fail. He can easily go and do what he did at Bolton at Blackburn.”
“He has a good club there, with good players and I’m sure he will do very well. Hopefully not until after Saturday’s game.”
We on the blog (Ed) liked Sam Allardyce, mainly because he did his very best for the club, and you can hardly ask for more than that, and we were hoping (praying) that he could turn the club around.
Sam Allardyce is famed for a methodical approach unusual in English football and he has a massive staff, that Chris Mort had to bring in, and his staff didn’t come cheap.
“Everyone in the dressing room respected him,” “The methods he brought in were different to what we were used to but we all gave it a go.”“It wasn’t down to any of the players that he left.”
“He just wasn’t the right man for the job at the time. He just changed a few things tactically.”
“Sam thought it was the right way forward and it would help players but it didn’t work out.” “As players you have to take on board new ideas.”
“If a manager starts to makes changes and doing things he wants to do, you have to abide by them or you will not be in his plans much longer. It’s like it or lump it really.”
We’re pleased Sam has been given a chance at Blackburn Rovers, after being out of football management for almost 12 months, because he needs to be in football and he’s quite a personality, and the Blackburn club is probably better suited to him and his style. And we think he can do a good job for Rovers, given a little time to shape things up at Blackburn.
We wish Sam all the very best – but of course not today – so let’s rephrase that – we wish Sam the best after today’s game at Ewood Park.
We sure he’ll do just fine at Blackburn Rovers.
Note: when we say “we” on the blog – that’s what Ed thinks.